E3 2021 is rapidly approaching, and Microsoft’s Xbox presentation looks to be a highlight once again, especially with the addition of Bethesda. After last year’s surprise purchase of Bethesda parent company Zenimax, Microsoft’s E3 presentation will be the first opportunity to show off the massive RPG developer’s future on a big (virtual) stage.
While Microsoft have been on a spending spree in recent years, snapping up studios of all shapes and sizes, it’s still a little surprising that they’re buying ZeniMax. That’s Bethesda, Id Software, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, and the rest of the ZeniMax family joing Microsoft. And join they seemingly will, as financial authorities in both the US and Europe have recently approved the deal. $7.5 billion! The big bucks. Read more
It’s been a confusing day
Valve and a handful of game publishers have landed themselves in hot water with the European Commision for geo-blocking Steam keys in certain regions in Europe. The Steam owners, along with Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax (Bethesda’s parent company), have been collectively fined €7.8 million (around £6.9 million) for “breaching EU antitrust rules”. (more…)
November is the month of the Viking, apparently, but we’re not talking about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla this time. Today, Rune 2: Decapitation Edition came out. It’s an open world action-RPG where you play as some Viking trying to save Midgard, but truly, I’m glossing over the interesting bit. Rune 2 has gone through nothing but drama over the last year – which most recently involved its publishers accusing Bethesda and Zenimax of intentionally sabotaging the game. (more…)
Microsoft are buying Bethesda , or rather their parent company ZeniMax Media. Like a nesting doll, Bethesda themselves are the parents of yet other game studios that Microsoft will also own. What of, say, Id Software? One of Id’s co-founders John Carmack reckons that the Bethesda buyout is a good thing. He says that the new Microsoft ownership could allow him to “reengage” with his old work. (more…)